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2020 has been a year of changes. The impact of COVID-19 and an everchanging economy means that many people have either been forced out of work or are re-evaluating their employment options. In response to this, more and more organisations are transitioning to a remote workplace model, with traditional interview processes now being replaced by online or digital conversations to recruit new team members.

In order to present the best possible version of you when job seeking, or getting ready for a job interview, it’s important to be prepared. No matter what the situation, online or in person, it’s always good to put your best foot forward to show future employers your skills and what you can bring to the team.

Set The Scene

Your CV’s been accepted, now you’ve been invited for an interview- what’s next? Take a few moments to familiarise yourself with the interview platform (whether it’s Skype, Facetime or Zoom) and get to know how it works. Set up your profile and test your microphone and video to make sure there isn’t any unnecessary background noise or messy piles of clothes (or last night’s dishes) in the frame. Remember to use your full name as your screen name and ensure your internet connection is stable. Nothing ruins the flow of an interview like a bad connection!

To cover all of your bases it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan in case the platform or app fails, or you encounter technical difficulties.  Try to practice with a friend or record a mock interview to see how you can improve your interview experience.

Do Your Research & Ask Questions

Familiarise yourself with the organisation and the role you are interviewing for. This background research will equip you with knowledge you need to answer any questions the employer may have, and help you to share your skills in a context that is relevant to the organisation.

When you have pre-interview nerves it’s easy to forget that the employer isn’t the only one who should be asking questions. Make sure you have some questions prepared so that you can ask your interviewer about the team, day-to day duties, expectations, and company culture. This shows that you are invested in the role, and care about the organisation.

Practising question and answer scenarios is also a good way to prepare for a job interview. Knowing your strengths, weaknesses, past achievements, and goals for the future in advance allows you to answer with confidence.

Mind Over Matter

The interview job may be remote, but the way you present yourself shouldn’t change. Even if the interview is in the comfort of your own home wearing professional attire, using appropriate body language and being on time still goes a long way in completing a successful job interview.

While speaking, look directly at the camera, speak clearly and keep your focus on the screen. Utilise the video interview addition functions, use the mute button during long questions or explanations to minimise additional sound and distraction. Some notes to guide you can be a useful to use as a reference to keep you on track, this can also be used to take notes of any questions you may have.

On the Day

Remember to inform the other people that live in your house of your interview, make sure they know what time and how long it will go for to minimise distractions and background noise. If you get anxious, try a calming activity before the interview. Find something that makes you relaxed – but focused – like physical exercise, meditation or breathing exercise.

Don’t forget, you already made the interview! You just need to demonstrate why you will be a good addition to the team!